As we all know, Penn went to Venezuela after a 'journalistic' jaunt to Iraq and Iran because he now fancies himself a journalist! At a meeting, with a fawning Chavez in an auditorium packed with supporters, he was asked to say a few words. Penn told the crowd:
"I came here looking for a great country. I found a great country. I'm also here as a journalist and so I owe it to that medium to wait until I've digested, fact-checked and finished my journey here".As though we really care what Sean-boy thinks about the paranoid, delusional, narcissistic, power-hungry Chavez and the poor country he's bound to dig into the ground.
At that same meeting, Chavez told the crowd that Washington is
"afraid that the people of the United States will learn the real truth" about the situation in Venezuela, citing his social programs for the poor. "If the people of the United States, those millions and millions of poor people ... if that nation realizes what is truly happening here, there would be a revolution in the United States," eliciting applause from Penn.
Uh, I don't think so Hugo. You won't get a revolution here, che, because people cherish freedom too much. It's a far more important commodity than crude oil. I'd rather personally cut back on my driving than sacrifice that freedom, thank you very much. And as far as we can tell, 'aint nothing great happening over there, buddy.
Anyway, this is what Macon's Mayor Jack Ellis seems enamored of: Hugo's penchant for trying to buy people's love, admiration and loyalty, by taking money etc. he should rightfully be spending on his own people, and spending it in other countries. Ellis recently sent, via courier, a letter of solidarity to Hugo Chavez.
Ellis said ... he sent the proclamation not only in his capacity as mayor of Macon but also as the vice president for tourism for the World Conference of Mayors. "We commend President Chavez for the things he's done in this country," said Ellis, citing Chavez's efforts to subsidize the cost of heating fuel for low income residents of the United States. "We want to work for peace and harmony ... through the mayors of Venezuela." Ellis said he sent the pledge to the South American nation by courier two to three weeks ago. Chavez on Sunday apparently read the proclamation during the weekly broadcast of his public television and radio show, "Alo, Presidente."
(Again with the 8 hour show! Don't people get bored of watching this pudgy vision in red?)
Now, I can understand the desire to work towards peace through diplomacy, that's an honorable and worthy goal, when dealing with rational, sane, human beings, but I'm convinced Chavez and his buddies Ahmadinejad, Mugabe, Kim Jong Il etc. are decidedly not.
What I find even more interesting, than being idiotic enough to send praise to a megalomaniac, is the fact that Mayor Jack Ellis will soon become Hakim Mansour Ellis. Yup. He converted from Christianity to Islam (Sunni Muslim) last December. Once again, those interesting ties between many of the far left and Islam.